American South http://wunc.org en “Liberating Dixie” Traces 50 Years Of Southern Life http://wunc.org/post/liberating-dixie-traces-50-years-southern-life <p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Ed Williams spent almost half a century writing for newspapers in Mississippi and North Carolina. His journalism career started at <a href="http://thedmonline.com/">The Daily Mississippian</a> and continued through 35 years at <a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/">The Charlotte Observer</a>.</span></font></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:59:29 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 33582 at http://wunc.org “Liberating Dixie” Traces 50 Years Of Southern Life The Dixie Highway And How The South Was Built http://wunc.org/post/dixie-highway-and-how-south-was-built <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Before the 20th century, Southern roads were little more than rubble and dirt. Traveling from county to county was difficult and state to state was near impossible. The Dixie Highway, constructed in 1915, shifted control and funding of road regulations from local government to state and federal authorities.&nbsp;</span></font></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:11:14 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 31933 at http://wunc.org The Dixie Highway And How The South Was Built One-Man Play Narrates Stories Of Gay Black Men Of The South http://wunc.org/post/one-man-play-narrates-stories-gay-black-men-south <p><font face="Arial,sans-serif" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Television shows like Glee, Will and Grace, and Modern Family portray gay identity as white, northern, and secular. But that was far from E. Patrick Johnson's reality growing up in Hickory, North Carolina. Johnson decided to travel across the South to unearth stories of African American gay men and document his findings in the book&nbsp;</span></font><a href="http://uncpress.unc.edu/SweetTea/"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><i>Sweet Tea: Gay Black Men of the South&nbsp;</i></span></font></a><font face="Arial,sans-serif" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">(UNC Press/2008).</span></font></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:11:25 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 30456 at http://wunc.org One-Man Play Narrates Stories Of Gay Black Men Of The South 'No F****** Pink Ribbons!' Is It Time For The Bow To Go? http://wunc.org/post/no-f-pink-ribbons-it-time-bow-go <p></p><p>When Jennifer Ho went to the hospital for testing on a lump in her breast, she encountered the image often associated with breast cancer: the pink ribbon.</p><p>A nurse led the UNC English professor to an exam room. She recalls, "And then I saw a tote bag with UNC hospital's name on it and the pink ribbon. And I had this immediate visceral reaction. And I'm walking with the nurse. And I said something I can't repeat on the air." Ho said, "I hate those *** pink ribbons."</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:26:27 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 29571 at http://wunc.org 'No F****** Pink Ribbons!' Is It Time For The Bow To Go? Three Of The Greensboro Four: In Their Own Words http://wunc.org/post/three-greensboro-four-their-own-words <p></p><p><strong>Background to this first person audio story from reporter Jessica Jones:</strong></p><p>Back in 2010, I was thrilled to cover the opening of Greensboro's International Civil Rights Center and Museum, housed in the old Woolworth's store where the famous sit-in took place that led to the end of desegregation.</p><p>It was exciting for me personally because the assignment allowed me to meet and interview three of the surviving members of the Greensboro Four, the men who as college students showed such incredible courage in integrating the lunch counter.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:40:47 +0000 Jessica Jones 28745 at http://wunc.org Three Of The Greensboro Four: In Their Own Words Big Decisions Are Best Made With Hot Dogs http://wunc.org/post/big-decisions-are-best-made-hot-dogs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Joe Hudson's weekly column in the&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.statesville.com/">Statesville Record &amp; Landmark</a></em>&nbsp;entertains readers with its stories about family, friendship, and Southern culture. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:01:04 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 27274 at http://wunc.org Big Decisions Are Best Made With Hot Dogs Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South http://wunc.org/post/lifelong-folklorist-unearths-stories-south <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For decades,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wferris.web.unc.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill Ferris&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">documented Southern African-American folklore.&nbsp; His latest book&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/10113.html">The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;presents material from 40 years of interviews with writers, scholars and artists who reflected southern culture in their work.</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 14:28:41 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 23734 at http://wunc.org Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South Childhood Trauma Strongest Precursor To HIV In South http://wunc.org/post/childhood-trauma-strongest-precursor-hiv-south <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica','sans-serif';">For more than a decade, the number of people in our nation who've newly contracted HIV has gone down two percent. But the South doesn't share in that small victory. During the same period of time, the number of people contracting the virus in the South has risen 36 percent.</span> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:55:02 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 18612 at http://wunc.org Childhood Trauma Strongest Precursor To HIV In South A Redneck Romance http://wunc.org/post/redneck-romance <p>A stranger staggers into an East Tennessee truck stop with a tale of murder. So begins&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the play&nbsp;</span><a href="http://triadstage.org/series/6/tennessee-playboy" style="line-height: 1.5;">Tennessee Playboy</a><a href="http://triadstage.org/series/6/tennessee-playboy" style="line-height: 1.5;">, premiering at Triad Stage</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> next week. Host Frank </span>Stasio<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> talks with Triad Stage artistic director Preston Lane about his original adaptation of </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Playboy_of_the_Western_World" style="line-height: 1.5;">J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Plus, the cast performs a scene.</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:16:04 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson & Frank Stasio 16691 at http://wunc.org A Redneck Romance